If major bed head and sleep lines are what your nightmares are made of, you might consider making the switch to a silk pillowcase. While it may seem a bit bougie, the silky fabric actually has major skin and hair benefits. “Cotton pillowcases can cause friction that leads to folding and wrinkling of the skin,” explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. “Softer fabrics like silk take away the friction for potentially less wrinkles in the long run.”
As for your strands, all that tossing and turning goes over much more smoothly on silk. “Due to the soft, smooth texture of silk, there’s hardly any friction created,” says David Adams, chief colorist and trichologist at Fourteenjay Salon in New York City. “Less friction means less tangles, less frizz and fewer split ends.” Another bonus to the slippery fabric: It’s not absorbent like cotton so it won’t suck out moisture from your hair and skin either. Don’t forget, you spend about one third of your life in bed sleeping so what you lay your head on at night matters.
Here are the best silk pillowcases for every budget so you can start dreaming about your long locks and glowing skin.
Sephora Collection Sleep Dreams Set
What’s better than sleeping on silk to take care of your hair and skin? Throwing your hair up in a super soft scrunchie (fewer creases and less breakage!), and covering your eyes with a silk sleeping mask. Now that’s a luxe night’s sleep.
The Ethical Silk Company Pillowcase
These mulberry silk pillowcases (mulberry silk is one of the highest quality silks you can buy) are made from silk that is extracted from the cocoon only after the moth has left and has no more use for it. Plus, every product in the line is tailored and printed at a fair trade company in Jaipur, India.
SLPBABY Silk Pillowcase for Hair and Skin with Hidden Zipper Print
If you’re investing in a silk pillowcase, why not make your bedroom look cute while you’re at it? This brand has every print from florals to cheetah, so you’re bound to find one that fits your vibe. Not only are they trendy, but they are also good quality, thanks to a 400 thread count.
Meili & Grace Anti-Aging Pillowcase
Fine lines and wrinkles won’t stand a chance against this ultra silky pillowcase. It’s also less absorbent than a cotton alternative, meaning your expensive anti-aging skincare will stay on your face, not in your pillow.
Spasilk 100-Percent Pure Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase
Skeptical about this whole silk pillowcase thing? Test the trend with this affordable pillowcase from Spasilk. Both sides are made of 100 percent silk (not a cheap silk blend you’d expect at this price point), giving you all the benefits at a lower cost.
Alaska Bear Natural Silk Pillowcase
This pillowcase is made of pure mulberry silk and uses natural dyes, making it an extremely safe option for sensitive skin or people prone to allergies.
Celestial Silk 100% Silk Pillowcase
This is the top-rated silk pillowcase on Amazon, and for good reason. Not only do reviewers rave about how it made their hair softer and smoother, it’s also machine-washable. Effective and convenient? I’m sold.
Fishers Finery Silk Pillowcase
Shell out a little more for this Good Housekeeping Institute pick, which was top-rated for its sturdy fabric and moisture-wicking abilities (a.k.a. night sweats will be a thing of the past).
The Hollywood Silk Solution Silk Pillowcase
From the makers of the uber-popular Slip pillowcase (more on that below), this more affordable option has mulberry silk on the top and cotton on the bottom. After all, you’re only sleeping on one side, right? And it’s machine-washable.
Slip for Beauty Sleep Pillowcase
If you want to splurge, go for this trendy, queen-of-all-silk pillowcases: the Slip. The insanely-smooth pillowcase is made of high-quality, 22 momme mulberry silk. Momme weight is used to describe the weight of the silk thread. For comparison, 19 momme is typically considered good quality, so this silk pillowcase goes above and beyond.